How To Get Rid of Scars
Just about everyone will have a scar or two - perhaps from childhood accidents, as a result of surgery, or even from acne outbreaks.
Scars, especially when they are on the face, can cause embarrassment but it is possible to lessen the appearance of scars through various methods. When they affect our self esteem or cause emotional damage, scars should not be regarded as a cosmetic problem.
What can you do to help with scars?
While it can be possible to remove scars or at least lessen their appearance, some scars may improve over time if left alone.
Here are some of the medical options open to those with scars:
- Surgery is one method where the doctor will cut away the scar and close with tiny stitches so that you are left with a much smaller scar.
- Laser treatment has become very popular and different lasers are used for different types of scars. A CO laser beam is used for acne scars while a pulse dye laser can improve older and more severe types of scarring. Lasers are effective because they can lighten dark scars and even out the skin’s surface.
- Laser skin resurfacing is a successful method for the type of acne scars that are indented. Unfortunately, those with skin conditions such cystic acne, eczema or psoriasis will not be able to undergo this laser treatment.
- Cryosurgery is a further procedure used for facial scars where extra cooled liquid nitrogen is applied to scarred tissue to gently remove it but without damaging the skin underneath. While this procedure can cause some discomfort as it is being carried out, it is especially useful for more prominent, raised scars.
- Micro dermabrasion is where a small device buffs out the top layer of the skin to give a smoother look with less damage.
- Silicone gel sheets can be used on healing skin, helping to treat or prevent hypertrophic and keloid scars (raised scars). These sheets need to worn over the scar 12 to 24 hours a day, for two to three months. Most sheets can be reused until they dissolve but both the scar and the silicone sheet should be washed with mild soap and water each day.
Then there are more natural ways to help too:
- The use of cosmetics can help cover up facial scars while the healing process takes place, particularly if a concealer is used that matches the skin tone. A cosmetic product with green or yellow undertones will take some of the red out if this is a problem with your skin. Look for a natural concealer product if possible.
- The massaging of facial scars can help to break up scar tissues while improving the circulation of blood to the face area. This works because the lymph nodes are encouraged to drain excess fluid that commonly surrounds scar tissue during the healing process. Massaging methods: (1) If the scar is rubbed in a circular motion, this will promote fluid drainage. (2) Stretch the surrounding skin outwards while gently rubbing the scar with thumbs using a circular motion. (3) Apply pressure to the scar with a finger or thumb and rub in one direction (the palm can be used for larger scar areas). (4) Apply massage oil to the scar while massaging to prevent drying out of the skin.
- Increase your vitamin D levels with plenty of sun exposure to your body but of course avoiding your face which is vulnerable to sun exposure when there is scarring. Apply a natural sunscreen to any scarred areas or shade the face with a wide-brimmed hat. Just 15 to 30 minutes of sunlight exposure to as much bare skin as possible (depending on your skin tone) around midday several times a week will help to boost your vitamin D levels - and the healing process. A vitamin D3 supplement can take the place of sunlight during colder months.
- A cost effective and successful treatment for scars is H-Scars Formula which is an all natural product with pure essential oils to reduce the look of scars while at the same time smoothing and texturing the skin. The appearance of scars will fade and the skin will be restored to a more natural color but without the pain or discomfort that could come with those medical procedures listed above.
Finally, and as part of looking after your skin (and this includes any scars) moisturizing remains key. Scars can look and feel especially dry and thickened. A moisturizer will soften the scar as well as add the necessary moisture to create a smooth skin wherever it is but especially on the face.
All Natural Solution for Scars
H-Scars Formula uses established ingredients and is applied topically, directly to the scar. The product helps repair and restore your skin. The formula also contains pure essential oils and is all natural and safe to use.
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